BIC Subject Categories and Qualifiers

This is BIC’s Subject Categories and Qualifiers Scheme, version 2.1 released November 2010, the standard classification scheme for the UK book trade and some other English language markets, available from

Note that BIC has announced that there will be no further development of the BIC scheme, and that Thema is its preferred subject scheme for current and future use. Browse the latest version of the Thema international, multilingual subject category scheme here.

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Code Description
U Computing and information technology
UD Digital lifestyle
Use UD* codes for consumer/user guides; prefer other U* codes for professional and high-level works
UDB Internet guides and online services
UDBA Online shopping and auctions
UDBD Internet searching
UDBG Internet gambling
UDBM Online finance and investing
UDBR Internet browsers
UDBS Social networking
Class here: Facebook, Twitter, etc
UDBV Virtual worlds
Class here: Second life, etc. See also: UDX “Computer games / online games: strategy guides”

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